First of all: who are you? What do you do? Where do you live? Tell us something about you
Hello, first of all I’d like to say thank you to Cesario for inviting me to his blog. I am author L.K. Kuhl and I live in the state of Nebraska, USA, with my husband of twenty-nine years, young son, Nathan, and Greg and Will, our furry dog kids. I have has two older daughters, Morgan and Brittani and son-in-law, Trevor. I have been writing for over twenty years. I first began writing children’s books and poetry, moved on to writing music, and am now writing Young Adult and Adult novels. My first book, Everlasting, a Young Adult Paranormal Romance, was published in February, 2016. I love spending time with my family, vacationing, writing, reading, and taking long walks. I am anxiously awaiting grandkids, but so far there is none in the picture. It’s the characters who write their own stories in my novels, and I am just their messenger, sharing it with the world.
What do you write: what’s your genre and topics?
I focus mainly on Young adult novels and Adult Romantic Suspense. I love reading both of them, including romance and feel this is a good writing niche for me.
What inspired you to be a writer?
I am an introvert and find it hard to relate to people. Writing helps me to express feelings and words that I cannot say. I think this is what inspires me to write. Also, my husband, Mom, and family are my biggest cheering sections and they give me the courage, pushing me to keep writing.
Who are you writing for? Who is your target reader?
My target reader are teenagers from age 14 and up and also adult women.
Please provide a brief synopsis of your book
I have 2 books that I would like to share. The first is called Everlasting and it is a Young Adult Paranormal Romance novel.
Seventeen-year-old Sophia Bandell is scared of boys, and her biggest fear is dying. Boys make her uncomfortable and itchy and dying is …well …dying. She is ecstatic when her long lost friend calls her, inviting her to spend the summer with her on the beach at Charleston, South Carolina.
When a plastic saucer hits her in the head as she’s sunbathing, Sophia has no idea it will forever change the course of her life. It is there she comes face to face with the impressive Tate Forester.
She is scared and …itchy, but he’s gorgeous and she can’t shake him from her mind. They begin dating and Sophia soon knows he’s the one.
But things turn dark when she learns Tate isn’t the person she thinks he is, and the real reason her friend has brought her to the beach will teach her about life after death.
This everlasting summer on the beach gives Sophia a sweet taste of first love—the happiness as well as the heartbreak.
My 2nd novel is an Adult Romantic Suspense called Chasm and here is a blurb for it:
Taylor Vine thinks she can fight off the demons of her past when she moves back home to Estill Springs, Tennessee, but it doesn’t take long to see that things aren’t quite that easy. The bumps she hears in the night soon escalate, keeping her up at nights, and it isn’t long before her most precious possessions, her children, get abducted. She finds herself in a race against time to try to find them before it’s too late. One wrong move and the outcome could be disastrous.
What is the name of your blog and what can readers expect to find there?
The name of my blog is called Kuhlreads, taken after my last name. Readers can expect to find my books there and how to order them. I have special blog pages for other authors where I feature them and their books. Every Tuesday I have a feature called Tuesday Talkabouts and interview an author where the author talks about what they are working on, their current releases and what inspires them to write.
I just started a new feature on my page called FanFiciton photo Gallery where readers send my a photo of themselves holding my book and every quarter I give away a $10 Gift Card!
Here is my site if you’d like to see it: https://kuhlreads.com/
Are you traditionally published or self-published?
I am traditionally published by Clean Reads Publishing.
What future projects can we look forward?
Right now, I am working on the third book in The Everlasting Trilogy. It is called Fulfilled. The second book to this series is called The Decision and should be released by this fall.
Is there anything else you want your potential readers to know?
Yes, I want readers to know that I write about things that have happened to me in my life, so bits of my fiction novels have a little bit of truth to them.
Let me tell you how Everlasting came to be: My brother-in-law had passed away about 6 months before I began writing Everlasting. One night he came to me in a dream. He stood right beside my bed and I was able to ask him questions about what life after death was like. I asked him about 5 or 6 questions and his answers came back to me so real and lifelike that I felt he was really there. Thus, Everlasting was born. I knew I had to incorporate his answers into a book. Although it is a work of fiction, some of his answers from my dream are here and I think you’ll find it intriguing.
You can find Everlasting here:
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/everlasting-lk-kuhl/1123437578?ean=2940157684952
Here is how Chasm was born:
I got the idea to write Chasm because my husband used to be an engineer for the railroad. Although my husband never worked with this gentleman directly, one of the engineers on the railroad hit and killed his wife and children with the train he was driving. It was no fault of the engineer. The wife did it deliberately to get back at her husband, the engineer. The engineer said the last thing he saw was his children looking up at him from the windows of the car.
Although this is a work of fiction, and this is just a story between two, make believe people, I felt compelled to tell his story about how utterly and completely devastating this would be. The engineer was never able to return to work after this.
You can find Chasm here:
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/chasm-lk-kuhl/1123761841?ean=2940158502675
Can you offer one or two helpful tips for fellow writers when it comes to marketing and publicity?
Yes, I found my publisher through Twitter Pitch Parties. Pit2Pub was the one where I found my publisher. Throughout the year there are several parties like Pitmad and Pitchmas. So search for these on twitter because agents and publishers are watching these parties and looking for new authors. Also if you would like to query agents Query Tracker is an excellant source to find agents. Here is a link to find it: https://querytracker.net/literary_agents.php
Once you get published, social media will play a major factor in getting your book out there to be noticed. I still struggle with this daily.
Last of all, never give up. I am living proof that if you stick with your dream and never give up, it will happen for you!
What do you enjoy doing aside from writing?
I enjoy spending time with my family. My children, husband, and extended family are my world. I also love to go on vacations, read, and go for long walks while listening to music.
What are you working on now?
I am working on the third book in The Everlasting Trilogy called, Fulfilled. After this I will continue with a Young Adult novel I started a year ago called Taking Back the Sun. This is a story about a young girl trying to get over the death of her little sister when she couldn’t save her from drowning. She struggles daily and meets a young boy who helps her come to terms with her grief and self-blame.
What was the hardest part about writing your latest book?
The hardest part about writing the book I’m working on now, Fulfilled, is stretching out a trilogy. Sometimes it’s hard to keep the story going for 3 books. Also, I don’t want to say goodbye to my characters. We have formed a bond that I feel like I am severing when I tell them it’s over.
When did you first start writing?
I began writing in my early twenties. I’m in my late forties now and just got published last year.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is being able to express myself with the written word. Sometimes I worry whether readers will enjoy it, but then I realize that you can’t please everyone and not everyone will like your stories. Don’t let bad reviews get you down. Even the best, well-known authors out there get bad reviews. Just get your story told.
Here are my social media links if you would like to find me:
Author Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/kuhlreads
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B01BXDJGIY